Friday, February 18, 2011

Top 10 Musical Countries

From The Top 10 Corner:

Music literally spans the earth and is as diverse as is mankind. However, from my little corner of the world much of the planet might as well be playing static. This is not a commentary on the quality of music played and loved in Asia, Africa and Latin America, just a reflection of my personal taste and limited exposure to other styles. With that said, I’ve thought it interesting to consider what countries have most contributed to the music
I love.

1. England - In revenge for Bunker Hill and Yorktown and a clear statement that I love Rock, Rock & Roll and New Wave over other musical styles, I pick England over America. Between The British Invasion and NewWave, pound for pound, you have to be amazed at the work product from Liverpool and London. Starting off with the greatest performers in history - solo or band - The Beatles. Followed up by their friendly rival and undisputed number two, the Rolling Stones. Add in 5 star super bands Led Zeppelin and The Who and you could very well stop there. Why would we do something foolish like that? There is The Police, David Bowie, Eric Clapton, The Kinks, Elton John, The Clash, Coldplay, Genesis/Peter Gabriel, Pink Floyd, Supertramp, Depeche Mode, The Sex Pistols, New Order and the Smiths. Needless to say, the list could go on and on.

2. United States - Similar to England, this list will be but a taste of what the US has to offer, including America. However, most would lead off with the King: Elvis Presley. From there we honor Frank Sinatra, Johnny Cash, The Doors, The Beach Boys, Bob Dylan, Simon and Garfunkel, Bruce Springstein, Billy Joel, Crosby, Stills & Nash, The Grateful Dead, The Allman Brothers, Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Eagles, Tom Petty, REM, The Talking Heads, Pearl Jam, Nirvana, - and last, but not least, Kiss.

3. Ireland - The land of The Clancy Brothers, The Wolfe Tones and The Chieftains also gave rise to one of the world’s greatest bands: U2. But wait, there’s more! Van Morrison, Thin Lizzy, The Boomtown Rats, Enya, The Cranberries, The Corrs and that ____ SinĂ©ad O'Connor.

4. Canada - Neil Young singlehandedly would land Canada on this list and he is joined by The Guess Who, Gordon Lightfoot, Rush, Men Without Hats, Bryan Adams and Alanis Morissette.

5. Australia - Great music from Down Under led by all star quality bands like AC/DC, INXS and Midnight Oil, add in the Hoodoo Gurus, Men at Work, The Church, Crowded House - and yes - Australia is the home of the Bee Gees.

6. Scotland - We are on the precipice of a big drop off here, but Scotland is still solid, being home to some great pipe and traditional folk music from the Highlands; later we get Donovan, Big Country, The Proclaimers and one of my favorites, Simple Minds.

7. Jamaica - We are officially reaching now, although Bob Marley and Reggae deserve acknowledgment.

8. Sweden - Yikes! Admitting to a guilty pleasure, I do like Abba and some other Swedish pop music.

9. Germany - Bach, Handel and Beethoven share Germany with oompah bands and some contributors to new wave music like Nena

10. Italy - Well it is a top 10 list, so I include out of necessity the land of Andrea Bocelli and the Gregorian Chant.


  1. You left out the Scorpions, Tangerine Dream and Rammstein on Germany. Not to mention Hasselhoff.

    For Ireland: The Pogues, Bagatelle, Black 47, Elvis Costello, Enya, The Frames, Hothouse Flowers, Luka Bloom, Christie Moore, My Bloody Valentine, Snow Patrol, Stiff Little Fingers, The Saw Doctors... Can never admit a British victory!

  2. I don't think The Hoff qualifies in this case!

  3. Just Europeans? How ethnocentric.

  4. I was not aware that Jamaica, United States, Canada and Australia are from Europe *cough*